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Sun, Aug. 18

Two men arrested for Cottonwood armed robbery, kidnapping

Early Tuesday morning, about 3:39 a.m. Cottonwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 Block of East Birch Street for a reported fight in progress.

A number of people with weapons were involved. It was also reported that the person who called had been robbed.

The fighters were no longer outside when officers arrived, but they saw a light in an upstairs apartment and heard people talking. Inside the apartment, the cops found ten people, ranging from 13 to 20 years, who were victims of the robbery. A 15-year old boy was the only person who was injured. He had facial injuries which he claimed were caused by the robbery suspects using brass knuckles.

It was reported to officers that two 20-year-olds forced their way into the apartment, reportedly with weapons, and demanded that the victims return an iPhone to them. The suspects struck the 15-year old in the face using brass knuckles and also threatened with a gun. The suspects ordered the victims to remove their clothing and then took all of their cell phones and a large amount of cash from one victim.

Officers gathered enough information to identify the suspects as David Joseph Daluz, and Jordan Leroy Bishop. Search warrants were obtained for their vehicles and residence. Both suspects were located with the assistance of PANT and GIITEM detectives. During a subsequent search of Daluz's residence, several items of drug paraphernalia, drugs, and marijuana were located.

Charges against Daluz include armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and several drug charges. Bishop is charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. Both subjects were arrested and transported to Yavapai County Jail.

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